Cute, no? Here's a yellow pair.
The flowers are pressed glass; the stems are your basic seed beads. Now for the cool upcycled bit: those darling tiny leaves. Yep, you may have already guessed.
A green plastic straw from the Starbucks! Just the latest in my series of ideas for upcycling these dastardly iced drink cups - which have an unfortunate tendency to collect in my car, my trash and my life. (Click here to check out some of the other projects.)
So here's the DIY.
Cut a thin slice of straw. Smash it flat and poke a hole in the middle. Hey presto! The double-leaf shape forms automatically!
On a long headpin, thread a pretty bead for the flower. Then intersperse the leaves with seed beads, like so:
Cinch everything up tight, and create a wrapped loop at the top. First make a complete circle of wire:
Then use flat pliers (called chain-nose pliers) to make a couple of wire wraps beneath the loop.
Snip off the excess wire. If there's a sharp bit poking out, carefully tuck it in with the chain-nose pliers.
That's your flower stem done! If you have two ears, make a second one. Then just add earwires, and that's all she wrote.
I sure hope you liked this one. I have a couple more drinking straw ideas, hope to share them in a bit. Later, dearies!